A Community Network for Bowes Park and Bounds Green
Build It at no. 78 are, as I write, ‘building it’, and the ‘it’ is a new shopfront at the back of that big metal shutter.
For such a short street, with relatively so few properties, it is amazing how many planning issues there can be between no 49 and 143. All the owners and leaseholders know there are planning laws. Are they flouted because of ignorance, lack of consistency and enforcement by the council, or arrogance?
This is a Conservation Area. According to Haringey Council "Myddleton Road includes probably the best-preserved Victorian shopping centre in the Borough". It has had hundreds of thousands of pounds spent on it in hard cash by the Council in recent years and masses more in Officer time. Is it worth the Council spending more time on it just so that planning procedures are followed?
Some shop owners just go ahead and build bits at the back and hope no-one will notice or care. As for changes that one can see:
Does it matter that some people do it properly and lawfully and take the time and effort to do things properly, while others just put two fingers up? Just because the owner thinks it looks OK, better than before, does that make it right to do it without permission?
The jury is out.
My view is that this is not just about how things look (which is important but is of course subjective) it is also about building standards which are hugely important for safety e.g. living accommodation for rent suddenly appearing in back gardens etc. Whilst the process of planning permission can be frustrating (I have been through it myself) it is there for a purpose and ultimately for people in the community, our neighbours, as well as property owners. If we don't like the rules or the process then we should use democratic means to change those - simply deciding that they don't apply to us because they are annoying or inconvenient cannot be right?